Doing more with fewer employees is not a passing fad for foodservice operators. As a result maximizing staff efficiency requires getting the most from an operation's foodservice equipment package.
When foodservice operators elect to make changes to their businesses, many of them choose to start small or with the least complex aspect of the project and move forward from there. Well, when it came to implementing a recycling program for its units here in the United States, Pret A Manger took the opposite approach.
As they tried to ride out the recession, many foodservice operators cut back on planned maintenance of equipment and some even looked to buy used foodservice equipment. Here are a few tips on how foodservice operators can re-start a planned mainteance program and what they should look for when buying used equipment.
From iPads to combi ovens to high-tech ice machines, there seems to be no shortage of technological innovations available to foodservice operators today. The challenge is sifting through all the promise the various forms of technology offer to find a solution that will enhance the customer experience and provide a positive return on the foodservice operation's investment.
Hot food holding equipment can support a variety of foodservice operations. Some key market segments for this product include catering, school foodservice, supermarkets, prisons and healthcare. Basically, any foodservice operator that needs to keep warm a specific menu item for a period of time can use a piece of hot food holding equipment.
A division of Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), Stanford Dining strives to be more than just a foodservice provider. Instead, food is promoted as a multidisciplinary educational experience.
While the University of Louisville football team is scoring on the field its fans are having similar success at the concession stands thanks to a $71 million renovation project that enhanced the offerings available to patrons.
When Minneapolis' Target Field opened last spring, it became known as more than just the home of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team. The 40,000-seat venue's foodservice program showed just how far stadium fare has come over the years.
Is social networking valuable to campus dining? For today's high school and college students, social networking is a very important facet of everyday life. This instantaneous connection with friends new and old provides a lifeline of existence. But it can also have an impact on how labor is deployed and the operation's ability to drive some last-minute foot traffic.
While the future of healthcare in the U.S. remains unclear, one thing that remains certain is that sooner or later nutritional disclosure will be a mandate that foodservice operators will need to address.